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    07-09-2013, 10:11 PM
Cracked hooves

Ok guys, my paint's hooves keep chipping and cracking so bad...really it's only one hoof. Her feet are done very regularly, so no need for the negativity. I have been putting "Hoof heal" on it, but I can't figure out why her feet keep chipping so bad she's fed twice a day and has unlimited access to hay. No need for anybody to be rude...Thanks!
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    07-09-2013, 10:29 PM
Green Broke
There are a few possibilities as to why they're cracking but without photos it's all conjecture. It could be that even though her feet are done regularly, they're not being done well or they might need to be done more often. There are lots of experienced people on here that can tell you if a trim is done well or not (you'd need a photo taken right after the trim for best advice)

Diet is also a possibility- an imbalance in minerals can cause poor quality hoof, and some horses need added biotin in their diet.
    07-09-2013, 10:42 PM
Thank you! I will get a picture tomorrow of is really bad. And I never thought about them maybe not being done right.
    07-14-2013, 07:03 PM
Pics up!

Ok I know these aren't the best pictures. I did have better ones but my phone didn't save them and I didn't notice until I got inside and I went back out to take these and the idiots down the road decided to start shooting guns like crazy so she got spooked....but before anybody tries to attack..I do take care of my horse and her feet are done regularly (which is why I can't figure out why this is happening). I have been putting "Hoof Heal" on it for about 2 1/2 weeks but haven't seen a whole lot of improvement. The others are cracked but they're not as bad as this one. Anybody know what to do to prevent this and why it's so bad?? Thank you!
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    07-14-2013, 07:12 PM
I would recommend getting the pair of the foot that is cracking shod. And continuing to be shod until the foot has grown out enough to get a good mustang roll and barefoot trim.

This looks bad enough that the farrier will need to fill in some gaps with putty/epoxy.

If you leave them like this, they could eventually brake off more and cause injury/lameness.

Have you had any extreme weather changes recently? EX: EXTREME HOT + DRY to WET WET WET

Also, I would suggest (If possible) to put him/her on a hoof supplement.
Smartpak has some awesome choices.

EDIT: I saw you said all 4 are cracking. Get all 4 done ASAP.
If you wait he/she could literally brake off enough that you have to do therapeutic work for a long time.

Changes in the hoof occur very slowly. It can take an entire year to grow a whole new foot.
    07-14-2013, 07:17 PM
Green Broke
I don't think they would be breaking up that badly if they weren't too long. Chips and chunks coming off is nature's way of trimming. I would just get them trimmed up nicely with a good mustang roll. Shoes are not going to make the feet stronger over time, all you are going to do is "fake" the look of good feet with shoes and epoxy. But they are not going to make the feet any stronger.

Gee, now I sound like a real barefooter, lol!

If the horse is sound I don't think you need shoes. Now if the horse isn't sound, shoes will buy you a quick fix to get the horse sound again and allow the feet to grow out. But mainly what I see is the need of a good trim.
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    07-14-2013, 07:23 PM
Yep looks like the horse needs a trim and the foot is attempting to self trim. Possible has white line issues tho and appears to have a nice toe crack started. Hoof heal wont help this and may even harm it.

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    07-14-2013, 07:29 PM
Green Broke
Can you take a picture of what is going on underneath? The hoof needs trimmed, and while I'm not a shoe person with that one crack I think shoes might be the only way to go to keep it from splitting all the way up to the coronet band. Depends on how deep it is though.
    07-14-2013, 07:32 PM
Ok thank you all. I was worried about a trim because I wasn't sure how much shorter her hooves could get without causing her problems.

@Trinity3205- Thank you for the tip..everybody was telling me to put that on her hooves to help them..gosh it's hard to know exactly what to do with everybody having such different opinions.
    07-14-2013, 08:01 PM
@Brenna Lee- yeah we have had extreme weather changes...from scorching hot to it raining 3 weeks straight
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